Imagine being a shepherd with that band of shepherds on that first Christmas night. It is a clear, cool night. The stars are bright all around. You and your companions are drowsing next to a smoldering fire. The flame has died down, but the embers glow with a soft, pulsating light. Suddenly, without warning, the night sky fills with light. The air itself begins to pulsate, as if the glow of the embers have somehow melted into the air itself. And then a voice comes from out o
To tell the truth about oneself is not easy. Sometimes we think more highly of ourselves than we ought. More often we diminish ourselves through self-talk that fails to acknowledge the truth: That we are created for a purpose by One who love us. The most fundamental expression of faith involves not only acknowledging that God exists, but also that YOU exist as an expression of God's love.
The Gospel of John begins with the appearance of John the Baptist. He stands waist de
The opening line of the Gospel of Mark is among the best of world literature. A memorable first line of a story projects it's fundamental meaning efficiently and artfully. It captures the imagination of the reader. George Orwell begins 1984 with the line, "It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen." George Orwell anticipates our era of government that intentionally distorts and obscure's our perception of reality. "Fake News" is hardly new. Sin
From the Collect: "Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light." Matthew Hopkins was only 24 years old, when he embraced the title "Witch-Finder General." East Anglia in 1644 was the heartland of English Puritanism. In the 1630s many Puritans from East Anglia sailed to Massachusetts Bay Colony seeking opportunity to express their faith with greater "purity" unencumbered by the what they perceived as too much Catholic form and spirituality t